---- Editorial ----
Tone down the rhetoric
The chances of nuclear conflict between North Korea and US are increasing day by
day. The leaders of both the sides are going ballistic and are upping the rhetoric.
President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jung Un has been making provocative
statement against each other. After North Korea warned of attacking US territory
Guam, the president Trump on Friday said the US military is "locked and loaded" to
deal with North Korea, ramping up the rhetorical brinkmanship. The military conflict
between two nations is expected to have catastrophic effect on Korean peninsula.
While the US and its allies regularly flex their joint military might in North Korea's
backyard, the proposition of conducting a full-scale preemptive attack against elusive
country remains uniquely complex and risky undertaking. North Korea has thousands
of conventional artillery pieces within range of the South Korean capital of Seoul.
As per the report in international media the studies have estimated that South Korean
casualties from artillery barrages to be in the tens of thousands on the first day
of conflict. Also there are possibilities that North Korean regime may unleash nuclear
weapon on US allies like South Korea and Japan in case of military conflict. This
will lead to loss of thousands of lives. Both US and North Korea should avoid taking
military path for the sake of humanity. Countries like China and Russia which still
share good relation with North Korea should intervene at this juncture. Two countries
should use their influence and give some sense to the leaders of reclusive regime.
US President Donald Trump should also tone down the rhetoric and create atmosphere
for peace talk.
---- Readers Forum ----
Scholarship and stipend
During 2013, we first came to know about this PMS-ST when AAPSU led many Arunachalee
students to Andhra Pradesh in the name of Free Higher Education and everyone knows
the results today.
So in 2014-2015, majority of students came to know details about this scheme only
through Cyber Cafes and not through Govt.
After confirmation from SJETA-Naharlagun, I also actively advertised for awareness
on this scheme to the students community of Govt. College Doimukh (GCD) as the then
Literary Secretary of Govt. College Doimukh Students’ Union (GCDSU) session 2015-16
because all teachers and principal had no clue about it.
So, following year (2016), I too also applied for both stipend and scholarship as
everyone else because all were availing both the schemes from the past (i.e. from
But then suddenly & unfortunately a movement came from Dera Natung Govt College,
Itanagar under its Students’ Union leadership, in the banner called Joint Interim
Committee for Stipend and Scholarship issues (JIC).
Initially I felt it meaningless on part of DNGC or JIC because in the past everyone
used to avail both Stipend & Scholarship simultaneously without the notice of Govt
or the Department. So JIC started the movement with a voice of availing both the
schemes to which we were about to support.
But suddenly they changed their stand and asked students to submit NOC (during Apr-Mar17)
to Higher & Technical Directorate, Itanagar to avail the State stipend and surrender
the Scholarship automatically. So I didn't submit the NOC because I wanted the scholarship
and not the stipend.
But to my surprise I got the stipend which I didn't want. Again when the Scholarship
got delayed and SJETA asked NOC for availing the scholarship, the JIC came in rescue
but as usual of no use. To our utter surprise some names were not in list of stipend
beneficiary in the first lists of SJETA. Again on re-checking many names were found
in latest stipend beneficiary lists sent from DHTE-Itanagar.
In the process to cope up with the pace of Departments and JIC and AAPSU we lost
our precious time which can’t be compensated. We lost our parents’ hard earned pocket
money by using them to apply for both the Schemes (i.e. Rs 300/per Stipend and Rs
500/per scholarship approx.). Besides, countless xerox and printings were done in
addition to countless to and fro journeys to both DHTE-Itanagar and SJETA-Naharlagun.
There’s a big difference between stipend and scholarship. Stipend is only given to
ST of Arunachal Pradesh from class I to University level and not to STs of other
states. Likewise Scholarship is given to all ST students of Pre-Matric (Class 11-12)
& Post-matric (above class-XII) and not to all STs of Class I to X. Moreover, since
Arunachal Pradesh is 100% ST dominated state and 90% population lives under/Below
poverty line. So, we deserve the most, to avail both the state Govt. stipend and
central Govt. Scholarship than any other states of India.
Today the rate of all commodities and fee structures of institutes are higher than
the Mount Everest and are running ahead faster than the Cheetah.
So, the students have the right reason to claim for both the schemes.
Why did many availed both stipend n scholarship in the past?
Will Govt. recover the previous fund which was double availed by applicants before
as per the stipend/scholarship rules?
Stipend amount is so meagre, and today cost is sky high, therefore why can't State
Govt give stipend alongside the national scholarship?
If they want students to avail only one scheme of stipend or scholarship then why
did they approved the application at institute, state and national level???
Why are students organisations of the state silent over this genuine point of issue?
Therefore I appeal all the President/General Secretary and Education Secretary of
all the Apex Students Body of state to raise and voice this point for the greater
interest and overall welfare of the poor students community.
Lastly will the state stipend be discontinued from next academic session because
everyone will opt for higher amount scholarship? So, the million dollar question
is Can we really rely on PMS over Stipend? Will the GoI release scholarship in time
Therefore, I earnestly appeal and urge upon the State Govt to increase the amount
of stipend in equal proportion to that of scholarship if it doesn't allow students
to avail the stipend along with scholarship or else let the students enjoy both facilities.
Verify the veracity
Apropos to a press release by RGUSU demanding for E-Tendering and poor quality of
work by the contractor of Doimukh, I as being a bonafied local of Doimukh and a contractor
of RGU would like to extend my views in response to the news.
In fact as a land donor and being local, we definitely deserve some privilege in
terms of availing small petty works and indeed RGU has been co-operative in this
But it is totally false and untrue that only Doimukh people are doing the work.
People originally hailing from Seppa, Kurung Kumey, Tali, who are settled in Nirjuli,
Naharlagun and Itanagar are also doing contract works in RGU. Anyone can verify the
records from the engineer wing of RGU.
All the big amount works, above Rs 25 lakh are in fact done by floating NIT through
major dailies by observing all the codal formalities. Same can also be verified by
The picture shown on the news paper is actually not a structural crack or damage,
it is a joint of two separate beams which is designed so deliberately to withstand
and minimize the damage to the whole building in the event of any earthquake. In
fact some plasters have come off from the joint which appears to be a crack. Nonetheless
some fault in the buildings is a sporadic incidence; it not only happens in RGU but
can be seen in many other structures all over the state since our state is in the
centre of seismic zone.
Implementation of E-Tendering will have no meaning; it cannot guaranty the quality
of work unless there is will for it. For instance, all the PMGSY works of our state
are done through E- Tendering. Are all the works found satisfactory?
This blame game is nothing but outcome of frustration of few disgruntled RGUSU leaders
who has been desperately seeking some contract works for themselves.
Firstly, they had approached the VC, RGU many times for award of contract works and
indeed were given one or two works but were not satisfied and demanded for bigger
contract works which was not obliged by the VC.
Secondly, few weeks back they came to us seeking donation in the name of excursion.
Since there demand was so high, we could not afford to oblige them which led them
to the press. How one can expect us to bear the whole expenditure of an excursion
of a university. Obviously, the authority must have a planned budget for such big
Every year we have been contributing in every occasion of RGU such as Picnics, Nyokum
Yullow, Panorama, Inter college week celebration and even for excursion, in whatever
little way we could afford. But I wonder whether the money is used for the common
purpose or pocketed by these so called leaders.
Lastly, I would like to advise the RGUSU to verify the veracity of the fact before
going to media, and not to just vent out their frustration for not getting contract
works and donation for their pocket money.
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